Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

October 9, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 10/09/2012

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Tom Hart

Benzonia

Community is the key

Historic research shows us that it's not the militarily-strongest societies that last over time, but those that are most adaptable to change. And change is what we are facing. Mother Earth is puking back to us the damages we are doing to her.

Can we change? Can we give up our over-consuming ways, do with less stuff, shop less, in order for us to breathe better air, drink unpolluted water, provide healthier food, have a less-threatening climate, relate well to other nations?

When we use our own energy to walk or bike where we are going, in the kitchen stir and slice by hand, hang out laundry to dry, grow some of our own food, talk to neighbors over the fence, we become healthier and live in a friendlier, healthier environment and community.

Life slows down, is less stressful. The car, usually with only the driver, cuts us off from the world around us.

A localized life and economy increases our sense of belonging, helps us make appropriate decisions and adds to our chance of survival in the face of climate changes. "Community is the key to survival" says Bill McKibben in his book "Deep Economy."

Marian Gyr

Empire

Show us the proof

In my view, the argument that proof of citizenship as a condition that must be met to exercise the right to vote can only be required where there is proof of a threat or a possibility of voter fraud is oxymoronic.

That the right to vote and citizenship are unequivocally linked is undeniable.

A non-citizen does not have the right to vote. Every citizen (of age) has the right to vote. It is as simple as that. No exceptions.

How do we properly maintain those two Constitutional principles? Easy. Show us the proof or go home.

How bizarre is it that every citizen must prove they have insurance but not everyone must prove they are a citizen?

Yet, if you are a citizen you are subject to severe penalties if you refuse to buy insurance, but if you are not a citizen, you will get insurance paid for by those of us who are citizens.

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